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post," always effortlessly elegant. and salon.com columnist and co-host of msnbc's "the cycle" steve corn knackster kornacki. army wives meets john hecarry. three ring circus, mission impossible the cohen brothers. the extramarital affair/political drama that enveloped former cia director david petraeus gets more extraordinary by the minute. this morning washington woke up to the news that the top commander of u.s. and nato forces in afghanistan, general john allen, has also been investigated by the fbi after having exchange, according to a senior defense official, possibly thousands of potentially inappropriate e-mails with jill kelley, the 37-year-old social liaison at the heart of the scandal that led to general petraeus' resignation. house homeland security committee chair peter king had another term to describe the unfolding drama. >> it's really a great tragedy. general petraeus, one of our most distinguished generals and general allen, considered a super star in the military, did an outstanding job in afghanistan, was going to go to nato, it's just tragic. you're right, this h
waddling in tomorrow, there's aa promise of a con sill to her tone. steve, can you fall off a sloef? >> it feels really good, exactly. >> they start to tackle the nation's debt. there's fear of sbimgtsment cuts and, of course, tax reform. the president is packing a he schedule with high profile meetings to try and get something done. tomorrow labor leaders, wednesday business leaders and corporate executives, and friday congress aal leaders from both sides of the aisle. we start with rob cox at reuters breaking news. rob, do you expect compromise or continuing to fight? >> well, i do expect compromise, but remember, the fiscal cliff is one artificial construct cooked up by the congress and the president to basically get us to think about a much bigger problem, which is what you pointed out. entitlement reform and tax reform and all the big issues and putting america into the accounts. the problem is the president -- i mean, you know, frankly has all the leverage here. so he doesn't need to compromise that much to get half, if not three-quarters of what he wants. >> i think the presi
joe" economic analyst, steve ratner. in washington, chief foreign affairs correspondent and host "andrea mitchell reports," andrea mitchell. >> happy monday. go redskins. >> go redskins, man. >> impressive. >> thank god i'm not an eagles fan. it couldn't get much worse than philadelphia eagles. what about the jets? they won big. they're like 2-18 now. >> on a roll. >> you're a jets fan, right? >> yes. >> jets and mets. >> jets and mets, they rhyme. >> they do rhyme. and they're both bad. >> all right. >> okay. there you go. great. we have a lot to talk about. >> a little counter fan agenda in new york. >> boy, i tell you what, you're thinking after the election nothing is going to happen? then you see those sunday shows yesterday? kaboom. >> too much to cover. >> kaboom. there's too much to cover. it's like ten pounds of sugar in a five-pound bag. >> oh, lord, i know. you use that term. >> it's not sugar. a lot of stuff going on, though. and yesterday, boy, there were some explosive back and forths. >> on some of the talk shows. let's start though with the budget negotiations on
strategist steve schmidt, presidential historian doris kearns goodwin, nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd, and the "washington post's" bob woodward. >> announcer: from nbc news in washington, the world's longest-running television program, this is "meet the press." with david gregory. >> and good sunday morning. the newly re-elected president's message on friday, get back to work. but the focus of that work and on that work is now overshadowed by friday afternoon's resignation of cia director david petraeus, which sent as you know shock waves through washington. new details emerging now this weekend about the fbi investigation that led to the discovery of what officials believe was an extramarital affair between petraeus and his biographer, paula broadwell. and of course so many questions about where this goes from here. joining me now for the latest on this developing story, the "washington post's" bob woodward and our own chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell who broke the story as i mentioned on friday. so andrea, here we are on sunday
when you hear the word conservative? well, republican strategist steve schmidt offered this yesterday on "meet the press." >> to too many swing voters in the president when you hear the word conservative now, they think of loons and wackos. >> loons and wackos. let's look at what steve is talking about here. >> president obama once said he wants everybody in america to go to college. what a snob. >> i don't know how much god has to do to get the attention of the politicians. we've had an earthquake, we've had a hurricane. he said are you going to start listening to me here? >> the third agency of government, i would do away with education, the -- >> commerce. >> commerce and let's see. i can't -- the third one i can't. sorry. oops. >> do you agree with president obama on libya or not? >> okay, libya. >> i've come to understand that all that stuff i was taught about evolution and embryology and big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. >> president obama, quit lying. you know darn well if august 2nd comes and goes there's plenty of money to pay off our debt. you'
into is misidentifying the reasons that they lose. >> yesterday, steve schmidt took up the cry against the conservative entertainment complex. >> too many swing voters in the country, when you hear conservative, they think of wombs and wackos. we gave up five u.s. senate seats in the last election cycle by people who were just out there. completely extreme. manifestly unprepared for the offices that they are running for. our elected leaders are scared to death of the conservative entire at the same time complex, the shrill and divisive voices, rejecting the social extremism of the republican party on issue after issue. >> one of the leading lights of the conservative entertainment complex, talk radio host laura ingram told politico blaming talk radio for the problems in the gop elite is hilarious and typical of people who want to continue to get paid to give bad advice to campaigns. right wing anti tax, anti government crusader grover norquist believes there is exactly one person to blame for the republican defeat and it is not rush limbaugh. >> we just had an election, and the house of representatives
with us, republican strategist steve schmidt and newly elected democratic congressman from texas, joaquin castro who just happens to have a twin brother who is the mayor of san antonio. oh, my god. >> call him later today. >> not call the mayor, the joke and whole fun with the split screen that will be done never that will get old never. no just fascinating. great to have you here. congratulations on your election. a lot to get to. chuck todd, let's start with this scandal about general petraeus. within this white house this had to be something that really took them by surprise but then there was a big question does he need to resign? >> it really did. the president did take -- they didn't want to fill this step. it was funny to watch so many fairly high-level white housers on friday didn't know why what was going on. didn't know this whole -- i mean, the president it was a tight circle of people that knew specific reasons and going down that road. this suspect an opening they wanted to fill. they have plenty of openings they wanted to fill, particularly on the national security team. >>
dishim. steve kornacki co-host of "the cycle." karen finney, and msnbc contributor perry bacon political editor for thegrio.com. steve, here is the story everyone is talking about today. the gop's media cocoon it's called. it says that many republicans fear their party is trapped inside a self-selected media universe in which only their own views are reinforced and an alternate reality is reflected. now, coy hai could have told th that. what took them so long to wake up and smell the cool late and smell the coffee and get burned by their own tea party? >> i think it was two things. this is the first time things really didn't go their way politically. they decided we're going to oppose everything obama does, we're going to obstruct and be there to get power back when people say the economy has not improved. what happened was obama's approval rating came down fast in 2009. republicans had a great midterm in 2010, and so they could convince themselves for the last two years, the economy is not in great shape. we have already had these successes, we're going to win this election. all these p
. but republicans are going to have to give a little bit. steve forbes sid we should just fall off the fiscal cliff and let the cards fall where they may and let this president take the blame for it, t i do believe, you guys, they're going to work a deal. as for benghazi and susan rice, i think that this is worse than watergate. if the president does double down it will backfire on him. lou: the last word. >> the only has so much political capital to spend. he spends it all once is a rise, which i think is a fool's errand because we don't know where this is going. we do know that their have to be other hearings. could not end today please today was a very bad day for him on this. lou: as we watch all this one can begin to understand his error in senate. he, david axelrod, his reelection campaign, his administration, they have successfully fended off an inquiry from the republicans, the national media, won reelection, and they look like they are one heck of a lot smarter than the republicans. thank you very much. appreciated. good to see you. lou: that petraeus sex scandal. without it would we have
minutes. [applause] >> thank you so much and good morning, everyone, and welcome, steve. it's really, really a pleasure to have you here in this morning, and we're going to dive right in. i want to begin, first, by giving you credit for speaking to the world affairs could coun. i believe it wasn't only last year, but the year before when steve hadley challenged all of us to come up with a focus, a set of issues, in fact, that the councils across the united states should be honing in on. well, as you know, this year's conference is galvanized around a set of issues, u.s. national security, six topic issues for the president in 2013. and let me just recap those for you, because we want to drill down in these. the councils have selected u.s. economic competitiveness, u.s. education competing globally, the middle east, china, afghanistan/pakistan and u.s. energy policy as the six top issues. so starting with that, looking at it strategically, do you feel that those are the core issues before president obama and this administration and our country going into 2013? um, if not, what would y
of the august 15th cable where he was steve s said we can't stand a coordinated attack. i blame the president for making this a death trap. i blame the president for not having assets available to help these people for eight hours. we need a select committee not only to look at intelligence failures but how could the department of defense not help these poor people over eight hours. >> mike, you heard senator graham there. what's the administration's reaction to this? >> a lot of strong views. it is an issue that is not going away, especially after david petraeus, the former director of the cia testified in a closed door hearing on friday. senators, congressmen from both sides of the aisle came out. little doubt general petraeus thought almost immediately after the september 11th attacks that it resulted in the deaths of ambassador stevens and three other americans that it was terrorists involved here and it was not a spahn teenagerous event. and of course most notely a narrative was put forward by susan rice some five days after the attacks on "meet the press" and elsewhere. you heard lindse
? >> steve bowlin is the name. i met him back in 06 and have stayed in touch. he spoke to patraeus on friday and has spoken to him several times since then. and he said to me essentially he's tired. very clearly he has had to spend a lot of time since this whole thing broke dealing with family issues as you can imagine. but also other issues that have been coming up. questions and requests from federal officials and congress as well. he said what you probably already know that this began a couple months, two months after patraeus took the job at cia headquarters and ended several months ago which would put that around july, something like that. said it was a total screw up. it was a mistake on his part to do that. this is steve saying to me that he told him he had the best job in the world. great relationship in the white house. and he recognizes that this is just a failure of judgment. >> any concerns about whether national security has been compromised? >> there are some who are going to say yes just by virtue of the fact here is the cia director who is sworn to uphold the principles of th
the conversation now, former treasury official and "morning joe" economic analyst, steve rattner, good morning. >> good morning. >> we'll get to your charts. also mike allen from the "politico" newsroom, the chief white house correspondent there. good morning. >> i hate being objectified like you guys. >> see, you're in the deutsche camp. let's talk about what mitt romney said in that conference call this week. he was talking to his biggest donors, defending his campaign by saying president obama won because he focused on giving, quote, gifts to latinos, african-americans and younger voters. >> what the president -- president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote. >> mr. romney went on to say the president wooed hispanic voters with free health care and, quote, amnesty for children of illegal immigrants. as for voters in htheir 20s, romney said, quote, with regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gi
with its own playbook for the lame duck session and the second term that lies ahead. here with me, steve elmdorf and michael steele, former republican chairman, both joining me now. first of all, what are we hearing from the speaker and bill kristol saying, well, you can maybe raise taxes on the rich. some of them live in hollywood anyway. >> it's like a new day in washington, right? >> this like the cement cracking around ronald reagan's feet, the first time he raised taxes. i remember when he said that. >> yes, exactly. well, i think the speaker, i think, is setting the tone, as you saw on the front page, above the fold in "the washington post," you know. call his caucus to task, saying he's got to get the nation's business done. and i think what he said implicitly and probably directly behind the door is, trust me on this. you know, i get it. i understand what we need to do. we're not going to sacrifice our principles and values, but we've got to get the nation's business done. and then when we have a bill kristol coming out and saying, you know, they're all rich guys who live out in
." during the gop primaries, steve colbert started his own super pac. it was a spoof, of course. with karl rove facing backlash from his donors, who expected a vastly different return on their investment in mitt romney and other republicans, colbert offered up a response to his own donors. >> karl is in big trouble. they're going to take his thumbs. and karl is almost all thumb. i took a lot of money for my super pac and my 501c-4 colbert super pac s-h-h, which stands for shh. okay? money from some anonymous scary donors. that's not pixilated. that's his face. listen, fellows, i didn't waste your money. running a super pac is expensive. i mean, we had legitimate costs. we had handling costs, and we had legal fees, and the biggest expense, almost $90,000 of it was for the commercials the super pac ran while i was kind of sort of running for president of south carolina. i wasn't even in charge of the super pac then. >> in his home state of south carolina, of course, colbert was at one point polling ahead of a legitimate candidate, jon huntsman. >>> next, people in the other -- over 30 states
-founder of tea party 365. steve, did the president sound like he was ready to do business with speaker john boehner today or not? >> no. this was no olive branch, larry. i was quite disappointed with that speech and press conference. and you noted that the stock market really collapsed as president obama was speaking because he seems not just today but the event that he had on friday, the two statements that he's made, he's been pretty emphatic that he wants those tax rates to go up, come hell or high water. that is going to lead to a mexican standoff with the republicans if he sticks with that position. i'd like to make one other point about that press conference, larry. i listened to the whole 45 minutes to 60-minute press conference, and not once that i could hear in that speech did he talk about the most important thing, which is cutting government spending. why don't we get the government spending down and then talk about raising taxes? >> you know, if you google up spending and obama, you know what you get? nothing. blank pages. you get nothing. >> in fact, larry, he said he wants his
, kelly, this is steve kornacki. part of this story, then, involves the potential nomination of susan rice, the u.n. amambassador, to replace hillary clinton at the state democratic. it's susan rice who a lot of republicans have decided lied to the public. they allege was executing some kind of intentional cover-up plot by the administration. i don't know how that would work or what the cover-up would be. be that as it may, that's what republicans are saying. you have john mccain and lindsey graham both saying if her nomination is put forward, they will filibuster it. are there any indications that that would become an official republican party position, because if the republicans unite, they would have the 40 votes to kill it by filibuster. >> there is a lot of opposition among republicans to a potential susan rice nomination. people are not actively talking about filibuster, although that's the obvious presumption if you talk about members trying to block something like this. in some was they are saying that she was schoezen bied white house to be the public face in the early days after
, steve hayez. >> i think the bottoming chairman should try to pass a budget. it hasn't been achieved in a while. going with the optimistic feeling that we have a chance. the problem now is that people's attention is divided elsewhere, even on the fiscal matters. we have the looming fiscal cliff and the negotiations with the white house, so no one's really looking at the next year's budget. but clearly, the democrats, 55 votes -- at least try -- >> greta: at least try. >> the republicans are going to block t. guthroot -- go through the motions. i think that is the least you can expect from a budget committee and the budget process. >> greta: yeah -- >> a budget needs to be passed. i just read her whole quote. the white house and the leadership should come together on a solution to the budget that precludes a budget being written next week year, i have no idea. i have been there a week, nobody's -- everybody's saying, i have no idea. they have the meeting tomorrow with the president and the congressional leaders. they are going to start the conversation with the fiscal cliff. until tha
the benghazi consulate attack. however, that's 180 degree about-face from what he said before. nbc's own steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: larry, thanks. good evening. general petraeus got a warm welcome up here on capitol hill from lawmakers clearly sorry to see him go. the former cia director testified the u.s. intelligence knew islamic militants were a threat in benghazi and specified soon after the september 11th attack in so-called talking points to be used with the public that al qaeda-type organizations were responsible for the attack. but as those talking points made the rounds of other national security organizations here in washington, the word al qaeda got changed to "extremists." and when the points got to u.n. ambassador susan rice, she made no mention of al qaeda or extremists when she went on nbc's "meet the press" five days after the attack. rice did tout the anti-terrorist accomplishments of president obama. pet rae ugs denies any political pressure on the cia to scrub al qaeda from its talking points. new york republican peter king said today, "we need to find out who d
position against federal spending programs. he kicked off his programs for $68 billion in cuts. steve centanni live in washington. tell us about this report, what is in it. >> the report on spending in the department of defense is called the department of everything, and recommends specific cuts over ten years in five main areas of concern. the report says in part, these areas are merely a starting point for reviewing pentagon spending that is unnecessary, duplicative, wasteful or simply not related to defense. we must refocus the pentagon on its true mission, fighting and winning the nation's wars. the report highlights waste in dozens of specific programs, they include research on what fish can teach us about democracy, a study of jargon used on twitter and how it differs across the country. a reality cooking show featuring grill sergeants. a so-called starship project that included a discussion involving klingons. the fact that of babies interacting with robots. and operating 254 grocery stores worldwide. jon: there also was criticism of knee newable energy projects. >> reporter: t
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